MUSLIM FAMILIES AND FAMILY THERAPY

Authors

  • Manijeh Daneshpour

    1. St. Mary University
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      Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD, LMFT, is Adjunct Assitant Professor at the St. Mary University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55404, and is a Marriage and Family Therapists at Human Services Inc., Okadale, MN.


  • I gratefully accknowledge the assistance and thoughtful comments on earlier dras from David Olson, Willaim Doherty, and Paul Rosenblatt in the preparation of this manuscript.

Abstract

Muslim immigrant families living in the United States may well come to be attentiaon of mental health professionals. This article examines the applicability of the Anglo-American models of family therapy to Muslim immigrant families. The most significant difference in value systems between the Muslim and Anglo-American cultures is Muslim families' preference for greater connectedness, a less flexible and more hierarchial family structure, and an implicit communication style.

Systemic thinking, which deals with the pattern of relationships, is valid for all families regardless of cultural difference. However, the preferred directions of change for Muslim families need to be integrated into the assessment and goals for family therapy.

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